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TV Brings Out My Vanity

Posted in library stuff, television on 20 May 08 by mikevc

As we get closer and closer to the Grand Opening of the library where I am in charge, I am having to do more and more TV spots. The prospect of going on TV itself doesn’t scare me. It is that I wish I could go on TV looking like I did ten years ago when I ran daily and did not live on a steady diet of fast food. When it all comes down to it and despite the gradual gain of the last ten years, I am still quite vain. So vain in fact that I don’t even watch myself when I do TV bits.

A Uke Problem?

Posted in television, ukulele on 25 February 08 by mikevc

After staying up until 2 AM on a work night strumming my uke along to Jerry Reed’s “East Bound and Down” and the theme from The Fall Guy, it occurs to me I may be developing a uke problem.  Then again, it sure is fun.  Anyone know the chords for the theme to The A-Team?  By the way, speaking of B.A. and the gang, do we ever know what “the crime they didn’t commit” was?  And, were they ever cleared?  Ah, who cares…I’m off to find the chords.

Top (and Bottom) Ten Sit Coms

Posted in lists, television on 26 October 07 by mikevc

Because I promised in a previous post and I have refrained from listing for a while:

Top Ten Situation Comedies

  1. Arrested Development
  2. Taxi
  3. Soap
  4. The Bob Newhart Show
  5. The Office
  6. M*A*S*H
  7. All in the Family
  8. Get Smart!
  9. Sanford & Son
  10. Seinfeld (had to include it)

Almost included The Simpsons but I think it has gone on a bit too long and just isn’t what it was in its prime. Berke Breathed had it right when he stopped Bloom County (Greatest Comic Strip Ever (another list?)) at the height of its appeal. Also, I was very close to including Newhart but that really belongs on the Greatest Final Episodes Ever List and The Bob Newhart Show is the better (not by much) show. I left off The Young Ones, which I truly love, because I decided to limit this list to American shows.

And now, part two is the Bottom Ten Sit Coms. I am only including shows that were/are network shows and relatively successful (there are a whole spate of terrible ones that didn’t last too long and just make a far too easy target) and I have actually seen (unfortunately).

  1. Mama’s Family
  2. The Nanny
  3. Golden Girls
  4. Home Improvement
  5. According to Jim
  6. Friends (The Three’s Company of our generation)
  7. Three’s Company
  8. Family Matters
  9. Blossom
  10. Roseanne

There it is: my opinions of the situation comedy.

Would You Believe…? Missed it by THAT much.

Posted in music, nostalgia, television on 25 October 07 by mikevc

A colleague had posted on her blog how a particular temporary walkway/tunnel through our under-construction library reminded her of the theme from Get Smart! (which, by the way, has to be one of my Top Ten All Time Sit Coms (I capitalize because I feel this may be the title of the post coming next) ).
After reading her post, I have been unable to go near the tunnel in question w/o the theme playing in my head. Sharing this with a friend, I learned that he had no clue what I was talking about–even after I hummed the song and acted out the introduction to the show. So, for those who don’t remember or–God forbid!–have never seen Get Smart!, I share:

I Lost Lost

Posted in television, Uncategorized on 7 September 07 by mikevc

When I got some new CDs in the mail yesterday, I took the DVD in my computer out so I could import the new music to iTunes.  Unfortunately in my excitement to get the music on my iPod, I seemed to neglect that DVD, which has disappeared.  I seem to remember putting it somewhere safe where my three year old could not get to it or damage it.  If that is the case, I put it in such a good place that a 34 year old cannot get to it or damage it.  This is not good.  I was engaged in a complete, 3 season, Lost rewatch and that was only disc one of season one.  I had rewatched the two parts of the pilot episode and nothing else.  I really wanted to watch things in order.  I guess I could buy the episodes on iTunes, but…Bummer! Bummer! Bummer!

Odd Coincidence

Posted in rambling, television on 18 August 07 by mikevc

Right after I wrote the last post, I logged on to iTunes to watch the “Left Behind” episode of LOST. In the “Previously on LOST…” lead in segment, they showed the scene where Kate and Jack are in the rec room of the Barracks. I happened to notice–and verified through slow motion and pausing–that one of the pinball machines in the rec room is the very same Cyclone machine mentioned and pictured in my previous post.

Aside from this being a weird coincidence, it is a bit problematic since Dharma Initiative built the barracks more than 30 years ago and that pinball machine debuted in 1988 according to what I found when attempting to verify the machine Matt and Jeff played so often the summer of ’88. Then again, all of the houses in the Barracks seem to have modern appliances. Please tell me my dorkdom is not extending its reach to being one of those folks who blogs about the minutest details of TV shows. Too late? Oh well…maybe it’s just another one of the mysteries of the show.

You Must Be Kidding!

Posted in television on 13 June 07 by mikevc

So, the other night I stumbled on Deal or No Deal while flipping through the channels.  I decided to watch to see what it was about.  As I watched, I kept thinking this must be some sort of final round after the action.  But, no, the entire freakin’ show consists of people asking models to open suitcases…for an hour.  That is it…no questions…no games…no skill.  And, it is one of the most popular shows on TV.   Astounding what passes for entertainment these days.  In comparison to this, NASCAR is riveting.

Am I the Only person…

Posted in rambling, television on 11 June 07 by mikevc

…who has never seen The Sopranos? Have I really been missing out on something for the past eight years? And, is the season-ending episode really front page news given all that is going on in the world right now? Of course, it was The Houston Chronicle that I saw w/ a front page story on the show and it is not exactly known for being a bulwark of journalistic integrity.

They’re Not Singing About an Accordion!!!

Posted in music, television on 8 June 07 by mikevc

The Who’s “Squeeze Box” just shuffled by on iTunes as I am working away at my computer. I started laughing. It reminded me of the scene in an episode of Freak & Geeks when Lindsey is trying to convince her friends to let her go to The Who concert. They are listening to “Squeeze Box” and her dad is horrified and makes a comment similar to the above. What a great show!

Also, I completely forgot that “Squeezebox” had that cool banjo interlude toward the end.

Lost Season Finale

Posted in television on 25 May 07 by mikevc

I won’t give anything away here since my brother and his wife are in the UK and they are a season behind. However, I will say I found the finale a bit upsetting with the abundance of Hollywood tropes (4 last minute rescues; 2 deathbed reveals, etc.) and numerous characters acting completely counter to what we have been lead to believe was their motivation. And, that–what I think was supposed to be–the biggest surprise of all was transparently clear from the beginning. (WARNING: Jeff and/or Joanne, please skip the next sentence). And why introduce Greta and Bonnie only to kill them off in one episode?

Having said all that and placing my analytical side on hold while my fun side emerges, I enjoyed the hell out of it and found myself yelling “Go, Hurley, Go!” at that pivotal moment (if you saw, you know what I am talking about). The fact of the matter is I rarely watch TV or a movie any more without checking my watch and thinking, “I could be reading”, even if I am enjoying it. While watching “Lost”–and this includes the finale–the only reason I check my watch is to see how many more minutes of enjoyment are left and, unlike w/ most TV or movies, I always wish there was more–which is much more akin to my reaction to finishing a good book.